“The only difference between when schools closed in early spring and now is that there’s more virus out there, and we know the virus spreads more easily in indoor spaces with recirculated air. Putting our children and their teachers inside buildings for the cold months is dangerous and absurd.”
Trois-Rivières, Quebec, Canada: “Almost an entire class of students at a Trois-Rivières school contracted COVID-19 despite physical distancing and other prevention measures.” (Montreal Gazette, June 4, 2020)
- South Africa: “Over 700 South African schools have already been affected by Covid-19 since reopening just weeks ago. The Department of Education has revealed that 523 learners and over 1,000 teachers had been infected.” (Briefly, June 28, 2020)
- “On Tuesday, in testimony to the Israeli parliament, Dr. Udi Kliner, Sadetzki’s deputy, reported that schools—not restaurants or gyms—turned out to be the country’s worst mega-infectors. (Again, this should be of interest to Americans who have been told by a presidential tweet in all caps that “SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL!!!”)” (Yahoo! News, July 8, 2020)
- Seoul, South Korea: “More than 500 schools closed again Friday to students after briefly reopening, as South Korea moves to stamp out a resurgence of the coronavirus in the capital, Seoul, and its surrounding metropolitan area.” (CNN, May 29, 2020)
- Beijing, China: “Beijing raised its level of health alert to the second highest on Tuesday, ordering schools to close and urging people to work from home as China’s government pressed to extinguish a spike in coronavirus infections menacing the capital.” (New York Times, June 16, 2020)
- Oregon: “Coronavirus infections rising fastest among kids younger than 10, dimming prospects for Oregon’s school reopening plans.” (The Oregonian, July 1, 2020)
- Florida: “One 11-year-old and two teenagers died from COVID-19-related complications in Florida and more than 7,000 other children under 18 have tested positive for the disease since the pandemic began in March, according to Florida’s Department of Health.” (Miami Herald, July 1, 2020)\
- At least 1,335 people have tested positive from child care facilities in Texas, the state’s Department of Health and Human Services reported Monday, citing figures from Friday. Of those infected, 894 were staff members and 441 were children. The cases came from 883 child care facilities that are open in the state, DHHS said.” (CNN, July 6, 2020)
- Missouri: “Missouri leaders knew the risk of convening thousands of kids at summer camps across the state during a pandemic, the state’s top health official said, and insisted that camp organizers have plans in place to keep an outbreak from happening… Missouri is one of several states to report outbreaks at summer camps. The Kanakuk camp near Branson ended up sending its teenage campers home. On Friday, the local health department announced 49 positive cases of the COVID-19 virus at the camp. By Monday, the number had jumped to 82.” (ABC News, July 7, 2020)
- Norwalk, Connecticut: “Summer school classes held at Norwalk High School are switching to distance learning for the rest of the week after a person in the building tested positive for COVID-19. The district announced on social media on Tuesday night that “a member of the Norwalk High School community who was in the building for summer classes” tested positive for coronavirus. The person diagnosed was in the building on Monday, July 6 which marked the first day of summer school.” (The Hour, July 8, 2020)
- “Younger people are making up a growing percentage of new coronavirus cases in cities and states where the virus is now surging, a trend that has alarmed public health officials and prompted renewed pleas for masks and social distancing.” (New York Times, June 25, 2020)
These 3 teachers in Phoenix who were doing remote instruction from the same classroom. They distanced, wore masks, sanitized. EVEN WITH NO STUDENTS IN THE BUILDING, ALL 3 OF THEM CAUGHT Covid-19, and 1 of them died.
Now, imagine how many more deaths will happen with a packed classroom full of students.
So Lori says it’s not safe to open the beaches (level 5), but it’s safe to open schools (level 7) at full capacity with essentially no safety plan?! 🤔
Read this young woman’s thread on Covid. I have most the symptoms she described. Some of the symptoms I forgot about bc I was in such pain, focused on every breath and had Covid dog brain. How she describes everything is so accurate. I had:
-60-74 days of Covid
-Extreme tachycardia where my heart rate would triple just walking 2 steps. I had that until the very end, it was my last symptom to get over. I know some ppl who never got rid of it. My ascending aorta also was enlarged
-Chest pain and tightness where it felt like a gorilla was on my chest. I had to wear lidocaine patches every 12 hours on my chest and icy hot on ribs every 4 hours
-Fatigue like your body is shutting down. I cried a lot bc I honestly thought I was dying. I had exhaustion just to walk a couple steps. I didn’t shower for a whole week bc I was too tired to get up. I had to put rolly chairs in every room of the house and a chair in the shower
-Such trouble breathing that for at least a month I couldn’t have anything touch my back (most of your lungs are in your back). I had to sit up or lie on my belly to breathe. Some days all you can think about is every breath. I could barely talk for weeks
-I had diarrhea for 2 months
-I also had the weird “buzzing” in my head at times
-At nights, I had the most trouble breathing and had confusion, some hallucinations and night sweats so bad it felt like I jumped in a pool. For weeks, I was terrified to sleep bc I thought I would die in my sleep like so many others. I bought a $150 sleep oxygen monitor that would wake me up when my oxygen dropped
-Brain fog was definitely real. My memory was horrible and I could barely think or talk
-My period was the worst I’ve had in my life. I had keel over pain
-I also had metallic smell and taste
-Covid was such a roller coaster. I would feel like I was getting all better and then the next day, I would feel terrible. And you do feel like it will never end or like you will have permanent damage. And unfortunately many ppl do have permanent damage.
I feel so lucky that I am 100% recovered. Even though you might survive Covid, do you really want to feel like death for months or have permanent damage? And you might survive, but your parents or grandparents might not.